🍴Hosting a dinner party
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🍴Hosting a dinner party

Everything you need to remember to host a memorable and fun dinner party.

  • 14 tasks
  • 9 hours

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  • 🍴 Make your guest list & send invites

    Take a minute to think about who you'd like to invite. Paperless Post Flyer makes it easy to share a great looking invitation via text: https://link.joinarrange.com/hostingadinnerparty_invites

    • 60m
    • 3 weeks before
  • 🍴Decide your event format

    Decide if you'd like to have a formal sit down meal or if you would rather serve cocktails and apps based on your space and number of guests invited. Map out how you'll arrange your seats and where you'll serve the food and drinks.

    • 30m
    • 3 weeks before
  • 🍴 Choose your festive attire

    Enjoy your big night wearing something you'll feel great in. Double check that your favorite outfit is ready to wear. Hating everything in your closet? Rent from Rent the Runway: https://link.joinarrange.com/renttherunway

    • 30m
    • 2 weeks before
  • 🍴 Take inventory & order table decor

    Make sure you have what you need for tabletop decor, linens, servingware, and candles. Or, rent an entire tablescape from Social Studies: https://link.joinarrange.com/hostingadinnerparty_tablescaperentals

    • 60m
    • 2 weeks before
  • 🍴 Drop off dry cleaning

    If that party outfit or any of your linens need a professional wash, drop them off at the cleaners.

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 🍴 Pick up bar items

    In case you live in a state with separate wine & spirits stores, make sure to pick up your boozy items.

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 🍴 Plan your menu

    Depending on the type of event, you'll want a main course with a few side dishes or finger foods. Alternatively, look into catering from a local restaurant. Either way, ask your guests for their dietary restrictions or make sure there's something for every diet. We like Taste of Home's 35 dinner party ideas: https://link.joinarrange.com/hostingadinnerparty_recipeideas

    • 60m
    • 1 week before
  • 🍴 Make your shopping list

    In addition to what you'll need to cook, don't forget day-of essentials like cocktail napkins and paper guest hand towels.

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 🍴 Assign guests dishes to bring

    If you'd like your guests to contribute, beverages, desserts, and ice are great items to outsource.

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 🍴Choose an after or before dinner activity

    Especially if your guests don't know each other, planning a group activity is an easy way to break the ice and get your guests socializing. We recommend one of these games that require little upfront planning: https://link.joinarrange.com/hostingadinnerparty_partygames

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 🍴 Pick up dry cleaning

    Don't forget to pick up dry cleaning! Most cleaners are only open Monday - Saturday.

    • 30m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 🍴 Make a playlist

    So that you don't have to worry about playing DJ while you're hosting. Spotify has some ready to go: https://link.joinarrange.com/hostingadinnerparty_playlist

    • 30m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 🍴 Pick up groceries & flowers

    Shop in person if you have time, or order everything online if you don't. Instacart delivers most major grocery retailers: https://link.joinarrange.com/instacart

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks before
  • 🍴 Set the table & put wine in fridge

    Double check that napkins don't need ironing and that wine is chilling.

    • 30m
    • On event date
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